The Brain (1988) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: Ed Hunt
STARRING: Tom Bresnahan, Cynthia Preston, David Gale
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Scream Factory
Imagine a pulsating mass of gray matter, expanding in size and strength as it takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely (David Gale, Re-Animator), a hot new TV program. But as the show’s ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don’t know is that Dr. Blakely has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity.
The Brain from Scream Factory is a very good mix of 80’s horror cheese and sci-fi goodness. We are taken into a town where people are being brainwashed by a giant brain and an evil doctor when they suddenly come across one rebellious young man who they can’t brainwash. One thing leads to another and the brain goes a the warpath with the boy and his friends trying to save the day. We have some kind of cheesy, yet kind of cool effects. We have a very cartoonish looking monster brain, but at least in the brains case, it’s practical effects and not CGI like I’m sure it would be if the movie was made today. I’m sure you could find things wrong with the movie, as it is far from a perfect movie but it still manages to be a good time and I think that’s really all that matters. If you want to be entertained by a horror movie, you’ll get that easily with The Brain.
From an acting point of view, you can’t really complain about either. David Gale is probably being typecast at this point playing an evil doctor that manages to lose his head (that’s on the art inside the wrap so not a spoiler). Tom Bresnahan might kind of blind in with most of the male leads at the time, but he’s not awful either. His girlfriend is played by Cynthia Preston and if there was one place for improvement maybe her in the main leading role could have worked out a little better. Still, the movie isn’t bad for what it is. This is also a nice looking Blu-ray with a nice list of new stuff in the extras department. This is sort of the kind of release that made Scream Factory what it is, so it’s a welcomed addition to the collection.
– NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
– NEW Audio Commentary With Director Ed Hunt
– NEW Audio Commentary With Composer Paul Zaza
– NEW Audio Commentary With Actor Tom Bresnahan
– NEW Canada On The Mind – An Interview With Actress Cynthia Preston
– NEW From Monster Kid To Monster Man – An Interview With Actor George Buza
– NEW Brain Art – An Interview With Assistant Art Director Michael Borthwick
– NEW Food For Thought: A Love Letter To The Brain
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 93%